Friday, September 27, 2013

Amazing

The 51st Annual IAWP Training Conference has ended.  Delegates from all over Africa and the world are heading off on journeys around Africa, back to work and back home.  The conference theme was to empower women in law enforcement globally.  The conference committee selected speakers on topics that addressed worldwide concerns and inspired all attending.

The most quoted pharse was "If you educate a women, you educate a country"

So key this is.  Women helping other women to achieve their full potential creates a stronger world filled with empowered people who choose to reach back and give back to the environment they have come from.  Once knowledge is acquired it should be applied.  It should be taken back and shared so that it can help many and improve lives.

An empowered women nurtures her environment.  A women raises up other women, men and children.  The influence of a women is truly countless.  Think about it.  How many people are in your circle of influence ?

Your neighbor
Your co-worker
the person on the bus, plane,
in the supermarket line
at the bank ....

The list can go on and on not to mention you family.  You are a daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, neice, mom....  
You are so many things in relationship with so many people.  Please use the knowledge you have acquired to bless the people God has placed in your life.

Do this and you will continue to be re-filled as you pour out.

Safe travels.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Opening Ceremony 2013

Global Empowerment of Women in Policing

The 51st Annual IAWP Conference began today with over 1300 delegates.  The delegates marched in formation from a local park to the city hall where we participated in Opening Ceremonies.  I had the pleasure of welcoming the delegates with an opening prayer and memorial ceremony in honor of the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We also prayed for former President and Father of South Africa Nelson Mandela.  Mr. Mandela has been ill. It is such an honor to be in his home land.  Mandela's leadership is well recognized around the world.

This is the first International Conference to be held on the African continent.  Earlier this year Region 18 Coordinator Patience Qaye held a Regional IAWP Conference in Ghana.

Uniformed officers from all the nations present posed for photos together exchanging names and contact details.  Today was just the beginning of a week designed to connect law enforcement women all over the globe.

In the evening we enjoyed a beach party at Ushaka Marine a beautiful aquarium.

Tomorrow training sessions begin.

Details of the conference can be found at www.iawp.org .  IAWP can be found on twitter and I can be found on Facebook under Chaplain Dow or on twitter @Chaplain Dow.

Tweets and FB post will becoming all week long.

Stay Tuned and Stay Safe.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

South Africa

I have arrived safely, my luggage still hasn't.

Smiling BIG though.

Too many positives to even glance at the negatives.

I have arrived safely.
I was greeted by smiling friendly South African police officers that got me safely to my hotel, allowed me time to check-in and refresh and then took me to the mall to buy some clothes (as I have been in this outfit for two days and I did not pack a change of clothing in my carry-on). For future travel I will start packing at least two days worth of outfits in my carry on.  I can safely say in all my years of traveling around the world this is the first time (as far as I can remember) that my luggage did not at least join me at my destination within 24 hours of my arrival.

I have past the 24 hour arrival mark.  I am praying my airline will soon rectify my missing luggage issue.

Until then, I am off to the lobby to greet friends and delegates as they arrive at the hotel.

Safe travels to those still on their way. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Africa, Africa

I am so excited to be enroute to Durban, South Africa for the 51st Annual International Association of Women Police Conference.  Over 1,000 women and men from the international law enforcement arena will be in Durban for five days of networking and training.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have promised an amazing conference and if my first trip to South Africa hosted by SAPS is an example I cannot wait to see the great hospitality our South African colleagues have prepared for us.

The conference experience begins from the moment you register, to your trip to the airport, to your plan flight and the people you meet along the way.

I started my journey on 16 September boarding an afternoon plane to San Francisco from Las Vegas.  This four leg journey began great.  I was driven to the airport by one of my best friends and accompanied by a new friend who both sent me out with blessings.  The blessings appeared right away in that I was upgraded to First Class and was able to meet me first new friend of the journey my seat mate,

Look out upcoming seat mates.  The Chaplain is next to you.  Let's talk.....

More reports from the journey to come.

Safe travels to all who are on their way to the conference.  See you in Durban.

Stay Safe.


Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Last Weekend of Summer

Happy Labor Day weekend

In the United States Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season and Labor Day closes out the summer.

I hope everyone has had a fun and safe summer.  I hope you had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. I hope you had the opportunity to travel, have summer adventures, go hiking,  horseback  riding, swimming and all the fun options we have in the warm summer months.

Knowing this is an international association I know some of us are not celebrating the summer season we are celebrating the fall.  With that I hope this fall season has been a pleasant one for you and your family and friends.

We are fast approaching the annual International Association of Women Police conference. 

This year we will be going to Durban, South Africa. Friendly faces, beautiful scenery, and  luscious beaches await us when we arrive.

The conference committee has put together a fabulous program of training and cultural entertainment that promises to be fun, fun, fun.

I eagerly anticipating the conference activities seeing old friends and meeting new.

If you have not planned your trip to join us in Durban in September you still have time.

Space is still available and you are definitely welcome.

Check out www.iawp.org for more information.

I pray you have a safe and Healthy September and look forward to seeing you in Durban.

Stay Safe